How Fast Can You Count Warehouse Inventory?

In this article, we examine the speed and cost of a typical warehouse inventory counting process and look at the speeds of both manual and automated inventory cycle counting methods. We'll learn just how much faster, and more accurate an automated inventory counting method can be.

You don’t want to sacrifice accuracy for speed. It makes no sense to implement a faster counting method if that method provides less accurate results. The goal is to optimize speed, accuracy and cost of your inventory counting methods.

Inventory Counting Methods

In a previous article: What is warehouse inventory counting?, we examined the various methods of counting inventory. In that article, we learned that there are manual and automated methods of performing both a physical inventory count or an ongoing cycle count. The article suggests that a cycle count is a best practice for optimizing your resources while providing the necessary feedback on current inventory levels.

Improving Accuracy

The most accurate inventory counting methods make use of tools like bar code readers to validate SKU numbers. Automating the identification and processing of barcodes, SKUs and labels is a critical quality check in the process. This helps avoid mistakes in misidentification of inventory items. Human inventory counters can deploy handheld barcode scanners, while Ware drones use vision cameras (onboard the drones) and artificial intelligence to process the images.

What’s An Average Inventory Counting Speed?

Our customers estimate that their cycle counters can count 60 bins per hour. With our solution, customers can count 900 pallets per hour with 3 drones . This is a 15x increase in the cycle counting capacity.


Use Gather AI’s drone-powered inventory monitoring solution for warehouse inventory cycle counting to increase your counting capability and accuracy, while decreasing your costs. This enables you to better manage your inventory and optimize your inventory levels, with a beneficial effect on your bottom line.